In 2014, six friends from Minnesota randomly moved to Hawai'i for a year to escape cold winters and enjoy island life. On Sunday nights they ate pancakes and studied the Bible together. They began inviting friends and people off the streets of Waikiki and this “Pancake Night” accidentally turned into the beginnings of a church.
In 2008, Brady, one of the six, sensed God calling him to be a pastor while attending a Bible camp. Brady didn’t want to be a pastor, but couldn’t forget this call no matter how hard he tried.
Calling met opportunity for Brady when “Pancake Night” grew and God gave him the vision for this church. This is when God began to change his heart to accept the call to be a pastor and to start the Waikiki Beach Gathering.
In 2016, Brady moved back to Oahu and planted this new church with a few friends meeting at a picnic table in the Kapiolani Park section of Waikiki Beach.
The Gathering has grown since the picnic table days through the help of many mission-minded helpers and leaders. We thank and praise God for how he has blessed our ministry and we are excited for what’s to come. This is only the beginning!
Pastor Brady Arneson
Brady loves the Gathering and the people of Hawai'i. He is passionate about sharing the simple gospel of Jesus through being real and relaxed. He desires to push Christians out of their comfort zones and challenge Christian cultural norms. He enjoys surfing south shore with friends and cliff jumping waterfall hikes. He also works at The Modern Honolulu and Sheraton Waikiki hotels. Brady plays drums on the worship team and you may see him walking around Waikiki. Say hi!
Brady has graduated from the Free Lutheran Bible College with a Certificate in General Bible, the University of Northwestern with a Bachelor's in Electronic Media Communication and Business Administration, and Liberty University with a Master's of Divinity in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries.
Leadership Team Member
Steven "Petey" Peterson
Petey is one of the original six friends that moved to Hawaii together in 2014. He has a passion for youth ministry and discipleship with men. His tenacious work ethic is used as leader of the Setup Team and he is a stable force of wisdom and guidance in Biblical truth. Petey loves playing basketball and grilling meat for people. He works construction for Anchor Systems Hawaii and hauls the Gathering trailer on Sundays. Honk if you see him driving by!
Petey has graduated from the Free Lutheran Bible College with a Certificate in General Bible, the Ministry Training Institute with a Certificate in Youth Ministry, and attended Crown College for Youth Ministry.
Leadership Team Member
John came to Hawaii in 2018 and was stationed at Hickam AFB as a Radio Frequency Technician. He joined The Gathering in 2020 as the Sound Team Leader and decided to stay on the island to continue to serve the church and the people. He has a deep desire to see Christians grow deeper in their faith and to truly live out their lives for Jesus. He enjoys hiking and getting into the ocean to dive. He also works part time at Uloha, an outdoor outfitters store, and serves in the Air National Guard. John currently leads the young adult group and loves to bring people together to hangout and learn about Jesus. Say hi!
John has graduated from the Community College of the Air Force with an Associate in Applied Science Electronic Systems Technology, American Military University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is currently enrolled at Pacific Rim Christian University pursuing his Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy.